Sanchez, Desideria – Bowl with Bird Wing Motif
Desideria Montoya Sanchez was a sister of noted potter Maria Martinez. She was known for her traditional pottery and use of both classic and innovative designs. This bowl is painted with a bird wing pattern. It is interesting that this design has a Hopi-Tewa style appearance to the design. Many of the early San Ildefonso potters were very interested in the work of Nampeyo of Hano and incorporated Hopi designs into their work. The imagery was often stylized, such as the feather pattern at the round end of the wing. The bowl was fired with to a nearly gunmetal appearance. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Desideria”.